Halloween isn’t the only holiday for costumes -- yes, you can let your furry, feathered, or scaled friend show off its finery at the 12th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. The parade starts under the Gaslamp Quarter Archway, and features prizes for the best pet, human, and group costumes in nine categories, as well as a pet expo and pet talent show. There’s also free live music, and entrants can grab a complimentary goodie bag filled with pet-related product samples and gifts. Best parade viewing is along 4th & 5th Avenues between E and K Street.
Cost: Free for spectators, $15 per pet in advance, and $20 day-of
Ten different party zones, unlimited drinks at twelve bars, a first class full buffet, and the hottest party bands and DJs make Big Night San Diego the biggest, most indulgent way to ring in the New Year. Wander through the Sapphire Stage & Ballroom, Retro DJ Ballroom (Best of '80s through dance tunes), Club Dance Ballroom, Indigo Club Room, Urban Dance Zone, and dining areas all in the major rooms. In the VIP area there are additional zones, VIP Lounges, VIP Club Zone and Velvet Rope Area.
Cost: $89.99-$2500 +fees
Laugh your way into 2020 at the National Comedy Theatre’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular! The fun improv comedy show, similar to Drew Carey’s Whose Line Is It Anyway?, is based completely on audience suggestions. Also included is a buffet dinner before and after the show and a champagne toast at midnight, as well as an after-show party with the cast as you count down the seconds to the new year. Tickets must be purchased online and in advance, though, so no walk-ups. 21+ only.
Grape Street Pier
Stroll aboard a $25 million dollar yacht and party like a celebrity as you gaze at spectacular 360 degree views of the San Diego skyline. Dance at your own chosen pace with three levels of music. A huge variety of gourmet appetizers and an open bar all night long keeps the party going -- upgrade to VIP status for early boarding and an extra hour of drinking and mingling on the upper deck. Just bring your 21+ ID, and let the the voyage begin!